It appears that Nathan Horton is good to go for the 201112 season.
Asked if he would be ready for the start of camp, Horton said he was "ready right now." The forward was knocked out of Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Final when a blindside hit from Aaron Rome of the Canucks resulted in a concussion.
Horton also discussed the role of hits in hockey, explaining that there is a "respect factor" and that potentially dangerous hits on the ice "need to change."
"There's a difference between hitting hard and hitting dirty," Horton said. "That's definitely something that shouldn't be in the game."
Rome texted Horton after the hit to apologize, but Horton would have preferred a more respectful method, stating that if the roles were reversed, he would have made a phone call.
Much like how breaking up with your significant other via text isn't kosher, neither is saying, "My bad" for nearly ruining a guy's career ... We've no doubts that a phone call in such a situation is more than awkward, but given how things shook out and the extreme high profile of the play, Horton's right.
Training camp will open September 16.